Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns



CountryGreece
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationPrefecture of Argolis, Region of the Peloponnesos
CoordinatesN37 43 60 E22 45 0
Inscription Date1999
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
Unesco Reference Number941
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/941
DescriptionThe archaeological sites of Mycenae and Tiryns are the imposing ruins of the two greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilization, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th century B.C. and played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture. These two cities are indissolubly linked to the Homeric epics, the and the , which have influenced European art and literature for more than three millennia.
StatusWorld Heritage Site